Understand the INFJ Spirit with 50 Quotes By INFJs

It’s easy to feel alone in the world, to feel that nobody understands you. This is especially true of INFJs as they make up only 2% of the US population (according to the latest surveys in the MBTI® Manual). These types rarely meet others who share their visions, quirks, insights, and passions.

Some of us might wonder,“Are there any others like me out there?” “Will I ever find someone who understands?”

Inspiring quotes by famous INFJs #MBTI #INFJ

It can be a comfort to read the thoughts and insights of other INFJs, to realize that you are not alone in how you feel or what ignites your passion. These 50 quotes can provide solidarity, inspiration, and shine a light on the diversity of this personality type. I purposefully tried to find INFJs that spanned numerous different ages in time and career fields. You’ll see people quoted here like Dante Alighieri, Jane Goodall, even Benedict Cumberbatch.

Having a personality type doesn’t put you in a box, it doesn’t mean you will turn out just like all the other INFJs. There is a vast breadth of freedom and uniqueness that embodies each person regardless of their type. I hope these quotes can show that.

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“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.”
– C.S. Lewis

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”
– Carl Jung

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“Your perception will become clear only when you can look into your soul.”
– Carl Jung

“We’re all somewhat courageous, and we’re all considerably cowardly. We’re all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections.”
– Sidney Poitier

“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said.”
– Vaclav Havel

Benedict Cumberbatch

“I love having context that’s so much bigger than I can fathom. It’s fantastic to realize how insignificant you are.”
– Benedict Cumberbatch

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.”
– Dante Alighieri

“I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Even if you are someone used to wearing armor, guarded and afraid, I think love is such a strong force it would find a way through your protective guard. It will get to your heart, and you can’t put any fences around that. As much as you might try, you simply can’t.”
– Sidney Poitier

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“O Conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!”
– Dante Alighieri

“I can understand wanting to be invisible and mistrusting people and wanting to understand everything before you engage with the world.”
–  Rooney Mara

“I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away — yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth’s orbit——and wanted to shoot myself.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.”
 – Dante Alighieri

“The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.”
– J.K. Rowling

“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”
– Baruch Spinoza

“Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.”
– Agatha Christie

“Thus you may understand that love alone is the true seed of every merit in you, and of all acts for which you must atone.”
– Dante Alighieri

“I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.”
– Baruch Spinoza

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
– J.K. Rowling

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“I think that we have a natural affinity for each other and we are all deeply connected, but we get into this illusion that we are separate, alone, abandoned. This … produces suffering.”
– Leonard Cohen

“As much as people pretend to fit in..there is always that sense of loneliness..of not fitting in or being out of depth.”
– David Fincher

“We all contain multitudes and have the potential for extreme kindness and vengeance at the same time.”
– Sufjan Stevens

“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
– J.K. Rowling

“Metaphorically speaking, it’s easy to bump into one another on the journey from A to B and not even notice. People should take the time to notice, enjoy and help each other.”
– Benedict Cumberbatch

“Every valuable human being must [aim] to make things better than they are.”
–  Niels Bohr

Carl Jung

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
– Carl Jung

“As a child, I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.”
– Carl Jung

“I am indeed a practical dreamer. … I want to convert my dreams into realities as far as possible.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“We all have a capacity for love, for kindness, for passion. We also have a capacity for the opposite, but love is infinitely more effective in the world than hate.”
– Sidney Poitier

Jane Goodall

“I don’t want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There’s so much mystery. There’s so much awe.”
– Jane Goodall

“What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions.”
– Jane Goodall

“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.”
– Sidney Poitier

“The tree I had in the garden as a child, my beech tree. I used to climb up there and spend hours. I took my homework up there, my books, I went up there if I was sad, and it just felt very good to be up there among the green leaves and the birds and the sky.”
– Jane Goodall

“Growing up I was afraid of being possessed by the devil, as an adult I’m afraid of being possessed by the world, by ignorance, and not holding onto my beliefs and what I feel strongly about.”
– Marilyn Manson

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”
– Emily Bronte

“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”
– Emily Bronte

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”
– C.S. Lewis

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Consider it: every person you have ever met … is going to … lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?”
Sam Harris

Soren Kierkegaard

“A man who as a physical being is always turned outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”
– C.S. Lewis

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of the night. Why is it my confidant? Because it remains silent.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

Sidney Poitier

“I learned to hear silence. That’s the kind of life  I’ve lived: simple. I learned to see things in people.”
– Sidney Poitier

“But someone who can really talk, because he knows how to remain silent, will not talk about a variety of things but about one thing only, and he will know when to talk and when to remain silent.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

Who Typed These People?

All of these people have been typed by psychologist David Keirsey, are self-professed INFJs, or have been typed by the team at IDRlabs.com

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    1. Interesting! I know Kierkegaard and Jung were typed INFJs by David Keirsey, but he isn’t always accurate so it’s possible he’s wrong. It’s always hard to type people who came before, you can’t really sit down and have a consultation with them 🙂

  1. Indeed,Kierkegaard had some of the quotes that spoke to me most.And he has been typed INFP until i read this article. The one about being yourself,especially.
    Manson’s quote about constant déja-vus is the best of them all.I understood the nature of Ni more from that quote alone than from the rest.If anything,i feel this quote is a good way to differentiate INFPs from INFJs.
    I know for certain that,while i’ve had a handful of those moments in my life,they are not my forte or anything constant for me. Which rules out me ever typing as INFJ.

    Does that mean that you respect and adhere to Keirsey’s way of thinking?

    1. Hey Kaven! I only have a minute but just wanted to reply since I’m so late! I do respect David Keirsey, although I don’t agree with all of his theory. I’m a strong believer in the impact of the cognitive functions and I don’t believe he took those as much into consideration. I love his books and I think he does a wonderful job of helping us understand a lot of the intelligence and character behind each type, but sometimes I think he gets a little too stereotypical about type and I think this is from not using the cognitive functions in his book. I love, love, love Kierkegaard and always have. I’ve always really strongly felt a connection when I read his books. So when I saw him typed as an INFJ by Keirsey it clicked with me. It is very possible that Keirsey mistyped him so he may be an INFP as well, but I think the quotes I put in this article would resonate with either type because they reflect his introversion, and possibility-focused mind. Okay, gotta get back to my kids, but I felt bad for not responding for so long! He may be an INFP, but I couldn’t say for sure 🙂 with famous people there’s a lot of guesswork involved and I can’t really be 100% sure 🙂

  2. Wow. Some quotes were so accurate of how I feel and think. I am an Infj, though I first scored Intj with 1%T. I read about the types I could be, then I took a test to see whether I’m an Intj or An Infj. I scored 75% Infj and 25%Intj. So I thought “Ok, it seems I’ve been misstyped, I seem to be an Infj”. Then I read more about others types and infj, I then was shocked of how many things are what describes and infj, things that made me feel like a weirdo because no one would even understand what I was trying to explain about what I like and how I am. After I found out that even my favourite author of all times, Dostoievski, is an Infj – I always loved his work more than anyones because he described so well things that I understood, things that I’ve been through, things that I see the same way, I realized it’s now 100% true that I am an Infj.
    I read about things that Infjs can relate to, that describes them and I was amazed and happy that wasn’t anything wrong with me, although everyone else, except my only best friend, would say I’m a weirdo because I am not like everyone else.

  3. Hi there, I don’t see any quotes from Nelson Mandela.
    From what I understand he is an INFJ too.
    Any thoughts?

      1. Here I am here is my quote, There is one right road, many wrong turns, don’t get so lost you can’t find your way back, and don’t think your going to make it to your destination, If you don’t stop and ask yourself where your at.
        Marlania Gonzalez

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